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Bollywood actors' first salaries revealed

They live the lives we dream of living one day. Their movies gross billions and they make millions. Yes, we’re speaking of Bollywood stars who are now living a life of luxury and glamour. Not long ago, before these artists were global icons but were commoners like you and I, they also earned a modest living.

1. Amitabh Bachchan

Before Amitabh Bachchan was dubbed as the ‘angry young man’ of Bollywood, the acting legend was working fro a shipping company as an executive and earning a measly Rs.500 per month! Yes, that was way before Big B started charging a hefty sum for each movie when he appeared alongside every iconic heroine of his era such as Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Hema Malini etc.

2. Dharmendra

Before he made it big, Dharmendra drew a minute amount of Rs.51 for his first film, the 1960 Dil Bhi Tera, Hum Bhi Tere. The Veeru from the Jay-Veeru duo in Sholay would later on become an icon of the Bollywood film industry. Not only that but his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol also went on to become leading actors in the 90s.

3. Shah Rukh Khan

Well before ‘King’ Khan ruled Bollywood from his acting throne, Shah Rukh used to wear a crown of thorns when he used to be a ticket seller at theaters. That was then and this is now; and now means Shah Rukh’s movies gross more than a billion at the box office!

4. Hrithik Roshan

Son of the wealthy Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik never had a problem with money. However, this does not mean the lad didn’t start from a minor amount as an actor. In 1980, for his very first film ‘Aasha’ Hrithik pocketed a mere Rs.100 for starring in the film. Guess what he spent his money on, that very day? Toy cars!



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